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Hinged Knee Brace
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A hinged knee brace can support and stabilize an injured knee. It can limit movement while your knee heals after injury or surgery. It may also reduce pain and pressure if you have arthritis in your knees.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have severe knee pain or swelling.
- You cannot move or put weight on your injured leg.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your knee pain returns or becomes worse when you wear your brace.
- Your skin is sore or raw after you wear your brace.
- Your leg goes numb while you are wearing your brace.
- Your brace is damaged or broken.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
How to safely use your hinged knee brace:
- Get your knee brace fitted by your healthcare provider. It is very important that your brace is the right size for you and that it fits properly. Your healthcare provider will fit you with a custom brace or tell you where to buy a brace. When you put on the brace, make sure the hinges are in the right place. Fasten straps and loops correctly. Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how to wear your brace properly.
- Wear your brace during sports or activities as directed. Also wear it during any activity that could injure your knee. Check the fit of the brace often. If it does not fit properly or slips out of place, it could cause more injury.
- Inspect your skin often. Your skin may become irritated, red, or dry where it rubs against the brace. Check your skin for sores or other problems. Ask your healthcare provider if you can cover sore areas with a bandage. Your provider may also recommend a cream to apply to the skin to soothe it.
- Ask your healthcare provider how to care for your brace. You may be able to wash the fabric with mild soap and water. Inspect your brace often. Do not wear your brace if it is damaged or broken. You may need to replace it if it becomes worn.
Continue to stretch and strengthen your knee as directed:
You may need to work with a physical therapist to strengthen your knee. Your healthcare provider will tell you which activities are safe for you, and how much activity you can get.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or physical therapist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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